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May / June 2007


Cover Story
Rules of Engagement
A year with the 101st Airborne in Iraq.
By John Laurence
Style Over Substance
Despite India’s media boom, its journalism is shrinking.
By Basharat Peer
The Shield Bearer
How a conservative congressman from Indiana became journalism’s best ally in the fight to protect anonymous sources.
By Bree Nordenson
The Curious Case of Victor Pey
Why the Chilean government wants to keep a friendly newspaper shuttered.
By John Dinges
Soldiers’ Stories
What fires up the journalists at Military Times is the vulnerability of the community they cover
By Alia Malek

Ideas + Reviews

The Flaw of Averages
How polls obscure America’s many social patchworks
By Rick Perlstein
A Place at the Table
Setting the record straight on early black journalists
By Cynthia Tucker
Second Read
On the Rocks
Douglas McCollam on John McPhee's Annals of the Former World
By Douglas McCollam
New Grub Street
How did ethics become a staple of contemporary food writing?
By Christopher Shea
Brief Encounters
Short reviews of books about press photography in Northern Ireland, fame in America and journalist Rose Wilder Lane
By James Boylan


The Research Report
When Does the White House Watchdog Bark?
More often than you think
By Michael Schudson & Tony Dokoupil
Darts and Laurels
Darts & Laurels
Send tips and comments to
By Gloria Cooper
Calling Uncle Sam
How government can and should support a free press
By The Editors
On the Job
The Wiki Defense
What Floyd Landis taught the press about drug testing
By Jennifer Hughes
On the Job
Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse
By Judith Matloff

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Top Stories
  • Parting Thoughts: An Invitation

    Give us your thoughts on journalism’s state and its future

  • Opening Bell: Oil Slicks

    As prices soar, U.S. looks for scapegoats; UBS ready to roll over; Jimmy Cayne, pariah; Rachael Ray, jihadi; etc.

  • Mort Rosenblum on Dispatches

    New quarterly bucks industry trend, exudes smart idealism

  • Cut the Dividends!

    Newspaper companies fork over hundreds of millions a year—and for what?

  • Opening Bell: The Hours

    Americans are working fewer, but not by choice; cuts on Wall Street; jobless ranks swell; etc.

  • Wiring Journalism 2.0

    Brad Stenger on the intersection of the press and computer science

  • Opening Bell

    In CJR's a.m. guide to the business press: Grim tidings on housing; WP says a veto threatened on bailouts; 50 bank failures? etc. etc.

  • The Opening Bell

    Pause in the panic; the Times on useless insurance; more bad news for a fallen titan, etc.